Man charged with drug possession, obstruction |

Man charged with drug possession, obstruction

William Ferchland

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy who spotted a white 1991 Cadillac with plastic over its license plate ended up struggling to control a man allegedly trying to swallow a bag of marijuana, authorities stated.

Hubert Johnson, a 37-year-old from Reno, was shaking and sweating when the deputy questioned him in the parking lot of Zephyr Cove Beach Resort on Nov. 18, a report stated. Concerned for his safety, the deputy asked Johnson to leave the car. A struggle occurred when Johnson kept shoving his hand into his right pocket where the deputy thought there might be a weapon.

During the struggle, Johnson shoved something into his mouth that the deputy believed to be a small bag of marijuana, according to the report.

Johnson was eventually detained and booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of obstructing an officer, possession of marijuana, open containers in his vehicle and other charges.

His 35-year-old passenger was booked into jail on a probation violation.

In other news:

— An 18-year-old driving a 1988 blue Ford Mustang was booked into Douglas County Jail on suspicion of eluding officers and reckless driving after a chase down Highway 50 last Friday, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The teenager was traveling eastbound on Highway 50 toward Marla Bay when a trooper activated lights and sirens on his patrol car. The teenager didn’t pull over and continued to speed down the highway and then drifted across the westbound lanes, the deputy said.

During the chase the Mustang hit a sign, a boulder, became airborne and hit a tree. The teenager received minor injuries. Bail was set at $5,632.

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